Musicianship Curriculum



Go beyond the basics and learn the nuts and bolts of music.

A series of classes for players at our Guitar 2 Repertoire level or above who want to solidify their musical skills and take their playing to the next level. We suggest starting with Guitar Fingerboard Theory. Trust us, spend a year or more going through these classes and you'll come out a new player.

If you play already, we offer many opportunities to get better, play with others, and create your own music.
Click to download a schedule listing of classes, days, and teachers.

The path you take is up to you but feel free to write our program manager Jimmy Tomasello at jtomasello@oldtownschool.org or call 773.751.3371.

List of All Guitar Specialty Classes (57 found)

South Side Chicago Blues Guitar Style

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Steve Hutchins

Load your toolbox with licks from these hometown blues masters

Bass Groove Lab

Group ClassIntermediate

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $152 ($142 members)

Monday with Harlan Terson

An hour long lab to make you “badder”

Essential Apps for Musicians

Group ClassOpen to All

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Guitar 4ever with Holstein

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Saturday with Ed Holstein

The one and only legendary folk icon, Ed Holstein holds court for acoustic guitarists.

RPA Ensemble aka Dawson's Guitar 4Ever

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Steve Dawson

A group of 4ever students under Dawson's leadership

Guitarra En Español 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

A bilingual experience developing basic skills in Latin style playing. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla maneras básicas de tocar el estilo latino.

Guitarra En Español 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Jose Murillo

A bilingual experience building repertoire in Latin music. Una experiencia bilingüe que desarrolla el repertorio de la música latina.

Basics of Electric Chicago Blues Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Steve Hutchins

Learn lead and comping techniques of the major players of the Chicago blues style.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

An ongoing class which develops repertoire in the blues/rock genre.

Guitar Fingerboard Theory

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday, Tuesday, Friday or Sunday with Dan Fulkerson, Randy Morris, Steve Levitt or Michael O'Toole

This class is highly recommended for all guitar students. Make it a point to enroll at some point in their musical journey.

Lead Guitar Basics

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday or Friday with Dan Fulkerson

Get yourself ready to take a solo.

Rhythm Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday or Saturday with Dan Fulkerson or Chris Corsale

Focus on one of the most essential elements of playing guitar and music itself.

Essential Blues-Rock Electric Guitar 1 Skills

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Sunday with Chris Winters

Expand techniques and your personal riff artillery within the framework of songs and progressions in the blues/rock idiom.

Acoustic Slide Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Sunday with Donna Herula

Continue to add dimension to your slide guitar playing

Blues Guitar Basics 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

Build skills and repertoire within the blues idiom.

Blues Guitar Basics 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Steve Levitt

Begin to improvise and learn more unique forms of the blues style.

Building Chord Vocabulary

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson or Steve Hutchins

Let's go beyond bar chords and learn to respond fearlessly to any chart.

Classical Guitar Basic Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Jacob Sweet

Fun easy pieces to add pizzazz to your style.

Introduction to Fingerpicking

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday or Saturday with Alvin McGovern or Randy Morris

Put down your plectrum and let's work with both hands.

Fingerpicking 1 Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Randy Morris

Your fingers can be trained to be an orchestra - a band in the hand.

Fingerstyle Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Randy Morris

Develop a songbag of solo accompaniments and instrumentals in a variety of styles.

Guitar and Vocal Studio

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday or Wednesday with Elaine Moore or Chris Corsale

Grab that guitar and sing and play with others.

Introduction to Jazz Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Saturday with Tony do Rosario

No matter what genre of music you play, this class will take your playing to a whole other level.

Jazz Guitar 1

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Jazz Guitar 2

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday or Saturday with Tony do Rosario

Build your repertoire from session to session.

Pop Guitar Techniques and Arrangements

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Chris Corsale

If you feel like it's time to add a few bells and whistles to your playing, then this is the class for you.

Early Country Guitar 1

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Staff

Play guitar like influential old-time and early country artists such as Maybelle Carter, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Delmore Brothers.

Early Country Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

This and other musicianship classes are offered in rotation thru the year. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Electric Guitar Styles Overdrive

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Dan Fulkerson

Enhancement medication for the electric guitarist.

Extended Play

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday, Thursday or Friday with Mary Peterson, Chris Winters or Elaine Moore

Make a long term commitment to improving your guitar playing skills

Hard Rock and Metal Unplugged

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday or Thursday with Dan Fulkerson

All the licks, all the tricks - but with minimal hearing loss.

Introduction to Electric Guitar Styles

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Dan Fulkerson

Make the transition from acoustic to electric.

Introduction to Electric Slide Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Flatpicking 1 - Rhythm

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Get a grip on your pick and work your rhythm chops.

Flatpicking 2 - Technique

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Let's get melodic

Flatpicking 3 - Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Tuesday with Chris Walz

Let's develop soloing skills. SESSION 6 - PERSONAL FAVORITES

Acoustic Blues Guitar 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Saturday with Paul Kaye

Build a solid foundation

Acoustic Blues Guitar 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Acoustic Blues Guitar 3

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Program Manager Darrell Jones with your contact information.

Blues Fingerstyle 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Chris Walz

You'll get a taste of the Blues with Blind Boy Fuller, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, and others.

Blues Fingerstyle 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Chris Walz

Take the fingerpicking, rhythms and regional styles of the country Blues you've learned in level 1, and concentrate on open tunings and bottleneck slide in level 2.

Blues Fingerstyle 3

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Monday with Chris Walz

A Compendium Of The Blues SESSION 6 - PERSONAL FAVORITES

Introduction to Brazilian Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Introduction To Flamenco Guitar

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Examine the basic chords and rhythmic attacks of flamenco.

Flamenco Guitar 1 Skills

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

This class is offered on a rotating basis. If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Flamenco Guitar 2 Repertoire

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Wednesday with Mehran Jalili

Develop a strong repertoire in this exciting musical idiom.

Contemporary Slide Guitar

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

Acoustic Slide Guitar 1

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Sunday with Donna Herula

Add a new dimension to your acoustic guitar playing

Beatles Fingerstyle Guitar

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

If you would like to be contacted when this class runs again, please email Guitar Program Manager Jimmy Tomasello with your contact information.

Chord Melody Jazz Guitar

WorkshopIntermediate

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($28 members)

Saturday with Howard Alden

Dan's Rhythm Method

WorkshopIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

Let's count to four all together, and get this thing right!

First Base Bottleneck Blues: Intro to Slide Guitar

WorkshopBeginnerNew!

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Sunday with Donna Herula

Guitar Style of James Taylor

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

120 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Michael Hensen

Gypsy Jazz Guitar Skills

Group ClassIntermediateNew!

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Scales With Colors

WorkshopIntermediate

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($24 members)

Saturday with Dan Fulkerson

Discover a new way to learn, practice, and use scales in your guitar playing!

Guitar Study Hall

Group ClassOpen to All

60 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $0 ($0 members)

Monday or Wednesday with Steve Levitt

A free Q & A with one of the school's renown guitar gurus. COME BY AND WE'LL HELP PLACE YOU IN THE PROGRAM

Play It By Ear

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($192 members)

Thursday with Jon Spiegel

Train your ears to figure it out.

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